Focusrite Saffire Pro 14
Product Description for the Focusrite Saffire Pro 14
The Saffire PRO 14 is an 8 in / 6 out audio interface with legendary sonic performance and unmatched flexibility at a truly affordable price. The latest in Focusrite’s new generation of FireWire audio interfaces, the Saffire PRO 14 is designed to make home studio recording and mixing easy without sacrificing audio quality.
Twenty-five years of mic pre excellence form the foundation of this new interface, with two award-winning Focusrite preamps. Combined with a host of additional I/O options, the Saffire PRO 14 helps you get the tracks you want without having to constantly re-patch your studio.
Alongside the two high quality mic preamps, two additional analogue inputs, four analogue outputs, S/PDIF and MIDI open the door to true multi-track recording. Two Hi-Z instrument inputs let you plug straight in without the need to buy additional DI boxes, and two virtual Loopback inputs are also available for routing digital audio between software applications - ideal for capturing online audio.
Included with the PRO 14 is Saffire MixControl, an 18 x 6 DSP mixer. Offering a level of flexibility that is unparalleled at this price point, the MixControl software enables you to create six separate mixes without latency. Route any combination of input signals and sequencer outputs to any of Saffire PRO 14’s outputs. Intuitive one-click configurations help you track, monitor and mix as quickly as possible.
Saffire PRO 14 comes with all of the additional tools needed to start making music straight away. These include the latest version of the Focusrite Plug-in Suite, providing a significant upgrade from your standard sequencer effects. The suite includes Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins.
Focusrite’s established Xcite+ bundle is also included. The bundle features Ableton Live Lite (for all your production, performance and compositional needs), Novation’s Bass Station soft synth and over 1 gig of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters.
With Saffire PRO 14, sonic integrity is never compromised. The two Focusrite preamps ensure low noise and distortion, whilst quality digital conversion and JetPLL™ jitter elimination technology ensure pristine quality as your audio flows between the analogue and digital domains. Combined with the very latest in FireWire interfacing technology, excellent routing flexibility and rock-solid driver stability, the Saffire PRO 14 is the heart of the modern home studio.
- All of Focusrite's FireWire interfaces are fully compatible with Thunderbolt using a simple FireWire to Thunderbolt adapter. Focusrite fully supports the use of Thunderbolt with our FireWire interfaces.
Two high-quality award-winning Focusrite preamps
The best sounding interface in its class. Focusrite's 25-year legacy forms the foundation of this new interface, with two award-winning preamps.
High-quality 24-bit/96kHz FireWire interface
Features professional conversion and JetPLL™ jitter elimination technology, guaranteeing pristine audio quality and reliable synchronization.
Total I/O count of 8 inputs and 6 outputs
A host of I/O options are provided, including a unique Loopback facility for routing audio between software applications via Saffire MixControl.
Saffire MixControl ultra-low-latency DSP mixer/router
Provides an 18 x 6 DSP mixer with excellent routing flexibility, intuitive one-click configurations, and lower than 1.4ms latency (less than the time it takes sound to travel two feet through air!).
Focusrite VST/AU Plug-in Suite, for use in the mix
Upgrade your standard sequencer effects and bring a touch of class to your session with Focusrite Compression, Reverb, Gating and EQ VST/AU plug-ins.
Xcite+ Software Bundle
Featuring a host of royalty-free loops and samples, a full-fledged soft-synth and Ableton Live Lite 8, providing an affordable upgrade path to Ableton Live.
Two Hi-Z instrument inputs
No need for a separate DI. The first two channels feature high-gain instrument inputs.
Bus-powered for a tidy mobile recording rig
Saffire PRO 14 can be powered via FireWire, or via its own power supply.
Dedicated front-panel headphone bus
Providing a fully customised monitor mix, with tactile level control available on the front panel.
Tactile Monitor dial
A front panel volume dial provides immediate control over the main stereo outputs.
Switchable phantom power
Across both mic pre inputs, globally switchable direct from the front fascia.
Allows the mix engineer to easily monitor a single mixer channel or complete mix.
Microphone Inputs 1-2
- Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2 dB
- Gain Range: +13dB to +60dB
- Maximum Headroom +8dBu
- THD+N: 0.001% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
- Noise EIN: 124dB analogue to digital (measured at 60dB of gain with 150 Ohm termination (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
- Input Impedance: 2k Ohm
Line Inputs (Inputs 1-2)
- Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
- Gain Range: -10dB to +36dB
- THD+N: 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
- Noise: -90dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
- Input Impedance: >10k Ohm
Line Inputs 3-4
- Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2 dB
- Gain Range: Switch-able between +16dBu or -10dBV for 0dBFS (balanced inputs) THD+N: 0.003% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
- Noise: -100dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
- Input Impedance: >10k Ohm
Instrument Inputs (Inputs 1 and 2)
- Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
- Gain Range: +13dB to +60dB
- THD+N: 0.004% (measured with 0dBu input and 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
- Noise: -87dBu (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
Analogue Audio Outputs (Outputs 1-4)
- 4 Electronically Balanced Outputs
- Maximum Output Level (0dBFS): +10dBu
- THD+N: 0.001% (0dBFS input, 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
Crosstalk (Channel Isolation)
- Any input to input: > 100dB
- Any output to output: > 100dB
- Any input to output: > 100dB
- A/D Dynamic Range > 109dB (A-weighted), all analogue inputs
- D/A Dynamic Range > 106dB (A-weighted), all analogue outputs
- Clock Sources: Internal Clock, Sync to Word Clock on SPDIF Input (RCA)
- JetPLLTM PLL technology providing superb jitter reduction for class leading converter performance
- Clock jitter < 250 picoseconds
- Supported Sample Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
- 8 input channels to computer: Analogue (4), SPDIF (2) and Loop-back (2)
- 6 physical output channels from computer: Analogue (4), SPDIF (2)
- 12 DAW output streams
- Assignable 18 input by 6 output mixer
Weight and Dimensions
- 1.5kg / 3.3lbs
- 215mm (W) x 45mm (H) x 220mm (D) (8.5 x 1.8 x 8.7 inches)
Excellent for home studio recording
Review by jozemaner
I was looking for an audio interface to record vocals, electric guitars and acoustic guitars. So I found this one. Everybody told me that it was better a firewire audio interface than an usb, because firewire doesn\'t use as much cpu as usb does. Anyway. I bought this one.
- 2 x Mic XLR Combo for Input (you can plug a guitar or mic) (Mic/Line/Inst)
- Gain knobs for both xlr combo inputs
- Leds indicating signal and clipping
- Phantom power on/off (for condenser mics)
- Monitor volume (the outputs are on the rear)
- 3 Leds indicating firewire conectivity
- Stereo Headphone out
- Stereo headphone volume knob
- 2 x line inputs
- 4 x line outputs
- Firewire socket
- Midi in
- Midi out
- Dc power input (It can be powered via firewire only too)
- SPDIF (RCA) in (digital)
- SPDIF (RCA) out (digital)
2.3) This can be misleading. It says 8 in 6 out but it\'s like this:
- 8 in: 4 analogue (2 front, 2 rear); 2 SPDIF; 2 loopback (this is internal for recording something that comes from your pc)
- 6 out: 4 analogue (rear); 2 SPDIF
- You can connect 4 mono instruments at a time (or making 2 of them to 1 stereo, or any combination) and a spdif digital in (I don\'t really use this).
- You can have 4 mono outputs (or any stereo combination) + stereo headphone + spdif digital out (I don\'t use this one either) at the same time.
- It has a mix control that lets you mix any inputs that you want, with the volume that you want for each one, and then route it to whichever output you want. It\'s an amazing mixer really. One thing, tough, I think that headphones out are linked to two of the outs, so, they will have the same mix.
- You can create presets of all your routing
- From here you can also control sample rate, buffersize, if you want your inputs to be line/inst or hi-gain/lo-gain, etc.
3.2) Connected to your DAW via Firewire
- You can record any of those individual inputs as independent tracks. This is really important. You can actually record anything individually, regardless of what you hear or what you do in the saffire control mixer. In fact, the mixcontrol doesn\'t alter what you record. It only modifies what you listen. What you record is only modified by the hardware knobs (volume / gain). This is a really good thing, because you can listen to it in a way, and record it in another way.
4) Other features
4.1) Direct-monitoring. You can monitor yourself while you record, directly. This means, that the audio input can be transfered directly to your output or headphones, BEFORE going to your DAW. This is very useful, because with this you can record with zero-latency (is literally, no latency). This is because your computer doesn\'t process the signal. So you can have your daw with any buffer-size you want (to avoid clicks and pops), but at the same time, record without latency.
This is great for recording vocals or clean guitars. One thing though, you will hear the clean signal, you can\'t apply any effect to this kind of monitoring. You can\'t have effects while you sing or play the guitar, but you can add them later to the track. It\'s kinda obvious, but, for example, with this you can\'t direct-monitor yourself while playing an electric guitar with an amplifier simulator vst to add distortion or whatever. You will hear the clean guitar while you record, and the distorted one when you listen to it after being recorded.
So, to sum-up, examples of use:
4.1) You can record your vocals with direct monitoring. You can listen to the song, and yourself singing at the same time (with no latency). Then you will have a track with only your voice in your daw, to mix with the song as you want.
4.2) You can record you clean electric guitar, acoustic guitar, distortion guitar (if you add distortion before the audio interface, with a stomp fx or amplifier, instead of using a vst or any virtual fx) with direct monitoring (without listening to virtual effects while you record). This would also be without latency. Then you will have a clean track of your guitar in your daw, and you can add any virtual fx you want.
4.3) Record any other instrument as in 4.2.
4.4) Record without direct-monitoring. This is if you need to listen to your virtual fx while you record. This has latency, but, depending on your pc and how many fx or tracks you have on your project, it will vary from 7ms to 20ms maybe. This can vary a lot.
4.5) Record, for example, at the same time: 2 vocals (mics) and 2 guitar tracks. You can make two stereo mixes for monitoring. For example, 1 for the singers (with voices louder than the tracks and guitars) in 1 headphone for each one, and 1 for the guitarists (with all tracks at the same volume) to be played by the reference monitors (speakers). You will have 4 individual clean tracks (voice 1, voice 2, guitar 1, guitar 2) in your daw, to mix, edit, add fx, etc.
4.6) Record any combination of the previous, having in mind that only 2 inputs can have phantom power, and that all analogue inputs are mono (if you have, for example, an stereo synth, you will use 2 mono inputs).
- Easy to use
- Cristal sound. You can literally whisper to your mic, add gain till you get the maximum loudness before 0db, and still have no-noise at all.
- Excellent pre-amps.
- Great customer support. I contacted them because I was having trouble installing it. It was a problem in my os, nothing to do with the saffire. I did solve it, and it worked wonderfully. Anyway, the customer support was almost instantly and specific (personalized)
- Well explained user manual
- None for what I use it for (recording vocals over my tracks). (Posted on 6/22/11)